We are at about the halfway point of Lent. It’s easy to slip up: your prayer life wanes, you absentmindedly bring a ham sandwich to work for lunch on Friday, that sort of thing. How can you revive your Lenten season? Here are some suggestions:
- Find a great, classic Catholic book to read. Maybe one on prayer or the life of a saint. You’ve still got time to read one book before Easter.
- Don’t wait until Good Friday to watch “The Passion of the Christ.” Watch it now. Watch it prayerfully.
- Get to confession.
- In this Year of Mercy, choose just one of the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy and focus on that for the remainder of Lent.
- Make a commitment to pray the Rosary daily from now until Easter. If that seems daunting, try praying one decade at lunch time, and progress from there.
- Find a piece of art that you can meditate upon – maybe an icon of your patron saint, or Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son.
- Have you been promising a visit with a friend or relative, and just haven’t found the time? Find the time.
- Pray for the catechumens and candidates in your parish. As they make the final preparations to be received fully into into the Church, pray that they have a calm heart, a joyful spirit, and a heart for Christ.
- Having a hard time simply fitting prayer into your day? Set a reminder on your phone.
- Pray the Stations of the Cross. Even better, do it as a family.
Don’t let Lent slip by without it having an impact on your faith life. If we arrive at Easter, and our faith life is exactly the same as it was the day before Ash Wednesday, we’ve lost an opportunity to grow closer to Christ. Revive your Lent!